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Leonard Strong

Leonard Clarence Strong (born 12 August 1908, Salt Lake City, Utah - d. 23 January 1980, Glendale, California was a prolific American character actor specialising in playing Asian roles. Beginning with Little Tokyo, U.S.A in 1942, Strong played a gamut of roles as Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Thais, etc. in films such as Dragon Seed (1944),Up in Arms (1944), Jack London (1943), Salute to the Marines (1943), Behind the Rising Sun (1943), Night Plane from Chungking (1943), Bombardier (1943),Underground Agent (1942), and Manila Calling (1942). He played the Thai interpreter in both Anna and the King of Siam and its musical remake The King and I. Strong also appeared in the movie Shane (1953) as homesteader Ernie Wright. Strong achieved some pop culture notoriety for his role on television as "The Claw" on Get Smart. He appeared in a season-five episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1960) "The Cure" written by horror writer Robert Bloch. Set deep in an Amazon jungle, Strong plays Luiz, a loyal native who speaks broken English and saves his employer, an oil explorer, from the attempted murder of his supposedly mentally ill and unfaithful wife. Something gets lost in the translation when his employer wants Strong to take her to a psychiatrist 200 miles down river, and he takes her instead to a native headshrinker. The denouement comes when Strong returns alone to the shock of his employer. He says, "I do what you tell me. I take her to my people. The best headshrinkers in the world". Then, pulling his employer's wife's now shrunken head out of a bag, he says, "Best job in the world." Another notable television role was his haunting and mostly silent portrayal of the title character in the original Twilight Zone episode, "The Hitch-Hiker", which is often listed as one of the ten best episodes of the series. With his thumb extended, seeking a ride, and asking "Going my way?", Strong is seen in one of the half-dozen, seconds-long scenes used at the start of every one of the 30 DVDs in the CBS DVD five-season collection, "The Twilight Zone, The Definitive Edition."


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Born:
Aug 12, 1908 In Salt Lake City - Utah - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
29
First Appeared:
In the movie Bombardier 1943-05-14
Latest Project:
Series Get Smart 1965-09-18
Known For
Poster of Jet Attack
Poster of Scared Stiff
Poster of Cargo to Capetown
Poster of Bombardier
Filmography
Series Get Smart The Claw 1965-09-18
Movie Escape from Zahrain Ambulance Driver 1962-05-23
Series One Step Beyond Unknown 1959-01-20
Series The Twilight Zone The Hitch-Hiker 1959-10-02
Movie Jet Attack Maj. Wan (North Korean) 1958-02-15
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22
Series The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu Unknown 1956-09-03
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Cult of the Cobra Daru 1955-05-30
Movie The Naked Jungle Kutina 1954-03-03
Movie Hell's Half Acre Ippy 1954-06-01
Movie Bengal Brigade Mahindra 1954-11-06
Movie Shane Ernie Wright 1953-04-23
Movie Destination Gobi Wali-Akhun 1953-03-20
Movie Scared Stiff Shorty 1953-04-27
Series Terry and the Pirates Unknown 1953-06-26
Movie The Atomic City Donald Clark 1952-05-01
Movie Backfire Lee Quong 1950-02-11
Movie Cargo to Capetown Singh 1950-04-01
Movie Sword of the Avenger Ming Tang 1948-06-02
Movie Backlash Willis, the caretaker 1947-03-01
Movie Jewels of Brandenburg Marcel Grandet 1947-05-27
Movie Back to Bataan Gen. Homma 1945-05-30
Movie Blood on the Sun Hijikata 1945-04-26
Movie First Yank Into Tokyo Maj. Nogira 1945-09-05
Movie The Keys of the Kingdom Mr. Chia 1944-12-15
Movie Bombardier Japanese Officer 1943-05-14
Movie Behind the Rising Sun Tama's Father 1943-08-01